There is something on my mind.
I do not think that Nationalism is the right answer to globalization. So if you ask me, if I like, that the United Kingdom leaves the EU, the answer is NO.
BUT: No one has asked me, I do not live in the United Kingdom, it is not my decision, and the last thing I would do, is telling the peeps in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland what to do – as i would not with people in France, Italy or the USA. I may not like the UK’s decision to leave the EU, but I have to accept it and I have to respect it. Even, if I do not agree, that a simple Referendum with a yes or no option is the right way to decide about such a complex theme, I have to accept and respect it. A referendum with a simple question like the one in the UK in 2016 leaves obviously too much space for Interpretations; that is probably the reason, why UK-Politicians two months before a leave-date do not have a common position nor do they have a resolution to negotiate on.
Brexit does not feel good. It feels bad, how people handle it. I am scared about the situation, I am scared about how people react to it – especially in social media. You may call it selfish, but I am scared that it may get more difficult (or even impossible) to see and meet my friends in that pride and loveable country.
I still want to be excited to go to London, Newcastle and Margate. I want to feel welcome there and not as if I would invade. Germans have invaded enough in their history. I would still like to welcome friends from the UK at my place and spend some quality time here with them or help some of my DJ and Artist friends from the UK to play a gig in my country, earn some money, built some reputation and share their art and their skills with an audience. At the end: that decision and also the development of reactions on Brexit may affect my idea of living and the quality of my lifestyle.
May, not must. „I know that I know nothing“. A Journalist – which has been my profession for 30 years – in my humble opinion does good to keep that in mind. The (virtual) world would be a much more peaceful place, if more people would think about that a bit. But that is obviously just an illusion, as all could see who lately watched the discussions in the House of Commons, the UK’s Parliament, or listen to all the self-called experts and lobbyists.
But even, if we do not know nothing. If you change a system, that was built up about nearly 50 years, you also must accept, that it may influence and changes economy – and at the end society. It is quite simple: If you change something, you cannot expect that everything stays as it is. You cannot expect, that changing something automatically means, that everything is getting better. Globalization is built on the idea of winners and losers.
If you have a closer look on the last ten years, you will notice that nearly each nation suffers from the worldwide financial crisis. You cannot deny facts, that the investments in social welfare in Europe went down big time since 2008. Just check, what your government has done the last 10 years and you will notice, that we have more and more people, who are living in poverty – especially children. You will also notice that many of us still live in the richest countries in the world.
On a different picture, the „discussions“ about Brexit have caused a climate change in some parts of social media, better say in some parts of my social media. Some parts of my timeline have become a place with no respect, where people spread hate instead of love, and some even show a racist face I would have never ever expected. Racism in a Soul Scene? Hard to believe, but reality. To be clear: a racist is an idiot. A racist has no Soul.
Experts everywhere, „Leave“ or „Stay“ seems to be like a religion for some, that has just to be defended from people on either side, fired or influenced by some irresponsible media and irresponsible politicians. Again „I know that I know nothing“. NO ONE knows what is happening with Brexit. NO ONE. Not in the United Kingdom, and not in the EU. But way too many keyboard warriors pretend they would, and take just the argument they need from somewhere, even if it is obviously just bullshit, bare of any facts and coming from influenced sources. If you share something, know the facts and check where it comes from. That is easier than you think.
„I know that I know nothing“. How can the politicians we elected, then act like they do? How is it possible, that politicians not care about risks, that a country may run short of food or medication, that people cannot be treated in a hospital, because there are not enough nurses and doctors, that factories close and companies leave the country. The list goes on, and that is meant for politicians in the UK and in Europe.
Democracy in my humble opinion has a lot to do with respect. Respect also includes the ability to accept different opinions, but respect does not allow racism for example. An essential part of Democracy is free speech. Social media gives many more people the chance for that and to get heard. But many of us now see a side of social media, that is dangerous to our minds and even more to our society. Free spech is indeed the opposite of hate speech and fake facts/news, and there is a very thin line. Too many are walking on it.